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post #21 of 29 Old 08-23-2012, 11:48 PM
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If you truly want to get into raising cattle for NOT get a dairy breed. The reason they give the bull calves away or sell for a paltry sum is that they aren't worth anything. And they don't increase in value the more feed you put into them either. Get angus or hereford. A little more expensive in the long run, but you'll make more money on them than any dairy.
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post #22 of 29 Old 08-24-2012, 12:39 AM
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Just realized I sound like I don't want to work......not so. My problem is my big heart. If I feed calves or piglets daily I will become too attached to them and could never bring them to the butcher.....BIIIIIG problem.....this is why Jerseys would be a problem, they're so pretty......
Umm... I don't know of any animal you can raise then. All animals have to be fed and cared for daily. The pig that's currently in my freezer would flop over on her back and demand I rub her belly. My baby calf squeals and runs to see me (well me AND his breakfast) and the older cows come too, so I can rub their ears. The turkeys made weird squealy noises and come sit in my lap.

I name them all, love them all and don't look back when I drop them off at the butcher. I know that my *dinner* had a happy, healthy life.
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post #23 of 29 Old 08-24-2012, 02:02 AM
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On only 10 acres, you won't be able to have too many cattle. Truthfully, for long term grazing, I would want about 1 head per 3 acres (but I'm used to my area that doesn't have much grass and what we do have spends all summer burned to a crisp). If the irrigated portion is really good grass, I might go 1 head per 2 5 head total. I am absolutely phobic about over-grazing grassland when you're trying to feed cattle so I tend to go on the conservative side.

I agree with the poster that said if you're wanting to raise for meat, do not get a dairy breed. Their meat is poorer quality and they don't get as big as beef cattle. Angus or Hereford would be my choice. Some folks around here have "Brangus" cattle, which are Brahman/Angus crosses. They make good meat but they tend to be sort of wild.

Personally, I would start by getting a couple of weanlings (6-10 months old). They are old enough that they don't really require any special care or housing, they can withstand the elements better than a younger one and you aren't as likely to get attached to one that you don't have to hand feed. Just turn them out and let them graze/grow until it's time to butcher.
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post #24 of 29 Old 08-24-2012, 02:37 AM Thread Starter
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This was my idea...the age where they can more or less take care of themselves good grass provided. I wouldn't mind throwing some hay out if need be and they would have shelter.
Pasture is pretty good when watered in a timely manner. The guy who had it before either didn't do it or did too much. He had three bull calves and a horse on and during the winter the bulls looked horrible but caught up quickly when spring came around. The horse was fat year round. Judging by what's still there on grass, even after neighbor's 25 head been grazing for two weeks, it should produce quite well if managed right. I'd favor rotational grazing anyway and maybe let our two horses on after the cattle.
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post #25 of 29 Old 08-24-2012, 02:38 AM Thread Starter
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Forgot...the three bulls, yearlings then, and two horses couldn't even eat a dent in it during summer.
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post #26 of 29 Old 02-23-2015, 10:02 AM
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what about llamas? Anyone have those? Can you make money?
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post #27 of 29 Old 02-25-2015, 09:34 AM
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Don't know where you are, but Scottish Highland are a very hardy breed that pretty much take care of themselves. They are marketed here quite heavily in organic / ethically raised circles. And they're pretty looking :)
Or (again, depending on where you are), consider ostrich. They're relatively easy to keep in the right climate, fun to look at, versatile (eggs, meat, feathers and leather), and don't have as big of a "cute" factor as mammals...
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post #28 of 29 Old 02-25-2015, 09:46 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys, but I have moved away, no more pasture and the only thing I'll raise will be veggies for our own consumption. No cure factor there
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post #29 of 29 Old 02-25-2015, 01:43 PM
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Oh sorry! Saw the date only just now... :P
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